Hotel Californian | Santa Barbara, CA (opening September 2017) One of the most anticipated hotel openings in 2017 will be Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian. Nearing completion in the heart of Santa Barbara, Hotel Californian is located adjacent to the city’s vibrant Funk Zone and steps from the Pacific Ocean and the Amtrak Station. Combining quintessential California Spanish Colonial architecture and interior designs from celebrity “A list” designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, this bespoke 121-room coastal retreat will offer a luxury Moroccan-inspired spa, fashion boutique, rooftop pool and a myriad of indoor-outdoor event space. In addition, the property will boast Blackbird, a 70-seat, indoor-outdoor restaurant showcasing exquisite Mediterranean-inspired cuisine featuring local produce, seafood, and wines; and Goat Tree, a gourmet café and market with al fresco seating offering fresh, local fare, including superb pastries and baked goods, cold-pressed juices and coffee, seasonally curated picnic baskets, and a full breakfast menu, all with a hint of Mediterranean culinary influence.
LOQUITA: a wild, fun-filled fete
Loquita, an endearing Spanish colloquial term for a wild, fun loving young girl, is a playful love letter to the Spanish history of Santa Barbara. Leading the culinary team is Executive Chef Peter Lee, who created the California-inspired menu of Spanish pintxos, charcuteria, quesos, tapas, paella and more. Enjoy a wine list comprised almost entirely of Spanish wines and several exceptional local wines that pair well with the cuisine. Loquita’s cocktail list showcases selections of Spanish vermouths, farmers’ market Sangria, hand-crafted cocktails and the de rigueur offerings of gin-and-tonics, Spain’s king cocktail. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match. Down the hallway is Poquita, a standing-room-only pintxos bar, with colorful displays of Spanish Jamon Serrano, Manchego cheese, Manzanilla olives, tapas and pintxos.